American diplomats working in Ukraine spent this night in Poland. They were evacuated due to the increased Russian threat, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken explained.
"Today the Department of State is again taking action for the safety and security of U.S. citizens, including our personnel. For security reasons, Department of State personnel currently in Lviv will spend the night in Poland," the official said in a statement.
The agency did not provide details of this decision, except that "our personnel will regularly return to continue their diplomatic work in Ukraine and provide emergency consular services."
Blinken once again repeated his call for Americans on Ukrainian territory to leave immediately. He stressed that the security situation in the country could deteriorate "with little notice".
Context. On January 24, the U.S. State Department announced the voluntary evacuation of its diplomats from Ukraine. Their family members were ordered to leave the country. Later, the U.S. embassy personnel moved from Kyiv to Lviv due to Russia's build-up of forces near the Ukrainian borders.